The building has been sold, but the country music will still play.
Evanov Communications has sold the building at the corner of Main Street East and Dufferin Street in Hawkesbury. The building was originally home to the studios and sales offices for 107.7 CKHK-FM, which was branded as The Jewel with an easy listening format until May 3, 2021, when it became Hot Country 107.7.
“There’s no change in the status of the station,” said Ted Silver, Program Manager for Evanov Communications in Ottawa.
The programming heard on Hot Country 107.7 and Hot Country 92.5 CHRC-FM – including the popular Derrick Scott morning show – all originates from studios in Ottawa, where flagship station Hot Country 92.5 is located.
Silver said programming for Hawkesbury has originated from outside the community for a few years, but technology makes it possible to still deliver the service.
“We have the ability to connect with anyone, anywhere, at any time,” Silver said.
Although programming originates in Ottawa, the transmitter licences with the federal Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) are legally issued for Hawkesbury and Rockland.
Evanov-owned Lite 106.7 CHSV-FM is licensed to Hudson and St-Lazare. The station continues to produce original programming from studios in Hudson.
All of the local Evanvov-owned stations broadcast in English, except for some bilingual advertising. WOW, or CJLA 104.9 FM in Lachute is owned by Cogeco. It broadcasts in French and also markets to Hawkesbury and Prescott-Russell. French-language CHOD FM 92.1 Est Ontarien is a not-for-profit station licensed to Cornwall, but broadcasts from Casselman.